Bundesliga side VfL Wolfsburg have to go to Shakhtar Donetsk knowing they need at least two goals to progress. We preview a match that could see Shakhtar progress to the Quarter Final stages.
Who is playing?
Shakhtar Donetsk vs VfL Wolfsburg (2-1 agg.)
What competition is it?
UEFA Europa League Round of 16 Second Leg
What time is Shakhtar vs Wolfsburg?
17:55 GMT, Wednesday 5th August 2020
Where do Shakhtar Donetsk play?
NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium, Kiev, Ukraine
Where can I watch Shakhtar vs Wolfsburg?
Thoughts on Shakhtar Donetsk vs Wolfsburg?
One of two early Wednesday fixtures is an intriguing clash between Shakhtar Donetsk and Wolfsburg in the Ukrainian capital. The hosts wrapped up another domestic league trophy a few weeks ago by cruising their league, whilst Wolfsburg missed out on a Europa League spot for next season after finishing 7th in the Bundesliga. The Wolves are missing several players as well because of injury, and their stretched squad are behind in the tie.
In the reverse leg, Shakhtar Donetsk won 2-1 thanks to goals from Junior Moraes in the first half and Marcos Antonio in the second. In the first half, however, two penalties were awarded, and both sides missed. A John Brooks goal shortly into the second half has given the hosts a lifeline to get back into this tie, which they know they need to score at least twice without reply to progress.
Shakhtar in the driving seat
With the Ukrainian Premier League only finishing on 19th July, Shakhtar could be the fitter side out of the two and be more match sharp. Donetsk won the league in comfortable fashion, finishing on 82 points and only losing twice all season. They went unbeaten in their home games all season in the league and have done well since dropping out of the Champions League. Having battled against the likes of Manchester City and Dinamo Zagreb, it was in fact a win away at free-scoring Atalanta being the highlight of their short-lived campaign.
However, this side is no pushover over two legs either, as they beat Benfica to get to this stage of the Europa League. In their domestic league, they only failed to score 13% of games, and they averaged 2.5 goals per match. In the Europa League, they are unbeaten in their three ties with seven goals scored in three games. Shakhtar have scored the last goal in all three games, with each goal coming just after the 70th minute (71′, 72′, 73′).
Injury-hit Wolfsburg to struggle away from home
Several first team players are unavailable for selection on Wednesday evening. Jeffrey Bruma, Ignacio Camacho, Paulo Otavio, Xaver Schlager, and Admir Mehmedi are among the names set to miss out. However, the Germans do come into this tie with some decent form behind them. They are unbeaten away from home in the Europa League this season and won four of their last five competitive games away from home. They also scored first in each of those games.
Throughout the entire season, VfL have been better away from home than at home. In the Bundesliga, they picked up 1.76 away PPG whereas they only managed 1.12 home PPG. In the Europa League, they have scored at least once in every game so far this campaign. To prepare for this tie, the Wolves played RB Leipzig, a Champions League contender, in a friendly that finished 1-1.
Shakhtar Donetsk recent games:
- Veres-Rivne (h) 2-0 win (friendly)
- Oleksandriya (a) 2-2 draw
- Kolos Kovalivka (h) 2-0 win
- Desna (a) 2-4 win
- Dynamo Kyiv (a) 2-3 win
Wolfsburg recent games:
- RB Leipzig (h) 1-1 draw (friendly)
- Bayern Munich (h) 0-4 defeat
- Schalke (a) 1-4 win
- Borussia Monchengladbach (a) 3-0 defeat
- Freiburg (h) 3-2 draw
Shakhtar Donetsk Top Contributors:
- Junior Moraes (Forward): 28 Ukrainian Premier League goal involvements (20 goals + 8 assists) – Brazilian forward with three goals so far in the Europa League, including one in the reverse fixture.
- Taison (Forward) – 18 Ukrainian Premier League goal involvements (10 goals + 8 assists) – Brazilian who had his best scoring season with the club but is yet to score in the Europa League this season.
Wolfsburg Top Contributors:
- Wout Weghorst (Forward): 19 Bundesliga goal involvements (16 goals + 3 assists) – Big Dutch forward with an eye for goal and is in form with five goals in his last five matches.
- Renato Steffen (Forward): 9 Bundesliga goal involvements (6 goals + 3 assists) – Small Swiss versatility player that has played multiple positions for Wolfsburg but is predominantly a winger who can score a goal.
|12th March 2020||VfL 1-2 SHK||Europa League|
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